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Filing for the 2020 primary elections and nominating conventions continues through December 9. We expect this holiday week to be a fairly quiet one, and many party offices will be closed beginning Wednesday. Our Crib Sheets have the latest information of who has filed. At least 340 candidates have filed for Congress, statewide office and the Legislature so far.

Correction: Once again, we have tried to send Sen. Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) to Congress. In yesterday’s report, we erroneously referred to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Bryan) as Pete Flores. We have corrected it online and regret the error.

SD11: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) for re-election.

HD61: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) endorsed Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) for re-election.

HD117: San Antonio real estate agent Carlos Antonio Raymond filed as a Republican to challenge Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio). Raymond unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the seat in 2018 (28%) and lost a 2016 race for the seat as a write-in candidate.

CD5: Palestine physician Carolyn Salter established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) as a Democrat. Salter was the first woman elected mayor of Palestine in 2005 and was re-elected in 2007. She failed to make the runoff in her 2009 bid for a third term.

CD32: Richardson retired firefighter Jeff Tokar filed as a Republican to challenge U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas). He established a campaign committee for a 2016 primary challenge of then-U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) but did not appear on the primary ballot.

Houston: The Houston Assoc. of Realtors endorsed Mayor Sylvester Turner; council incumbents Karla Cisneros, Mike Knox, Michael Kubosh and David Robinson; and open-seat candidates Sally Alcorn, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Abbie Kamin, Amy Peck, Edward Pollard and Tiffany Thomas for the December 14 runoffs. Early voting begins Wednesday.

Midland ISD: The $569M bond package that appeared to pass by 12 votes on Election night and then appeared to fail by 25 votes a couple days later has once again passed. Following a 20-hour manual recount, the bond now appears to have passed by 11 votes. The total of 22,811 votes were cast according to the recount, a reduction of 820 from the 23,631 that were cast according to the official canvassed results. The county’s elections administrator said she could not account for the discrepancy and was awaiting more information from the voting machine vendor. The county had significant issues with tabulating votes on Election Day.

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